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Refudiate: An understandable mistake?

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NEW OXFORD AMERICAN DICTIONARY’S 2010 WORD OF THE YEAR IS…

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Try thinking outside the box!

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The Burds and the Bees

A word from...

Sarah Palin, the once and (perhaps) future candidate for higher political office, recently discovered the perils of neologizing, when she several times used the previously unknown word refudiate in a series of tweets about the potential building of a mosque near ground zero in Manhattan. The condemnation of her word choice was swift and brutal, and […]

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Dictionary attack!

Vuvuzela

Did you spend part of your staycation this year watching the World Cup and tweeting about the infuriating sound of the vuvuzela? A lot of people did. These words are now so familiar that it’s easy to forget how recently they were coined – staycation is first recorded in 2005, while Twitter wasn’t set up […]

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Oxford Dictionaries Online – site guide

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Welcome to Oxford’s free website, Oxford Dictionaries Online. Oxford’s exciting modern English dictionary and language service has so much to offer, whether you’re seeking authoritative definitions at a click, practical advice on improving your English, answers for all your language FAQs, or help with solving tricky anagrams. The best way to find out all about […]

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